Rah Cha Cha Ruckus is an annual off-season FIRST® Robotics Competition event usually held at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY.  With a focus on fun and a Halloween theme, the Ruckus is an exciting event for FIRST teams and community spectators alike. Holding the event in a large concert venue for 44 teams, some from Canada and China, and focusing on improving it every year, Ruckus is a great opportunity for teams to recruit and test new pit crews and drive teams as allowing them to get involved in helping organize an off-season FIRST event. There are plenty of ways to watch Ruckus! We broadcast on Twitch, Town of Penfield Television (also available with Apple TV and Roku), and our YouTube channel. 

Due to COVID-19, in 2020 we held Ruckus Reloaded, an online viewing/chat party of 2019’s event reaching viewers in 15 countries.

For the most up to date information on Rah Cha Cha Ruckus click here

Photo of announcer on a playing field with robotics at Rochester Ruckus



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Photo of team member in front of Mega Drive sign with collection buckets at Rochester Ruckus


We have joined forces with FIRST Team 340 to host the FIRST MEGA Drive during Ruckus.

Teams are encouraged to participate in any way they can and help to make a difference in our local communities!  We accept donations in the following drive categories:

  • Food (non-perishable, for local food pantries): To help people in our community who are hungry.
  • Children’s books (new & gently-used): To promote literacy for children through our local, inner-city pediatric offices. Children’s books about STEAM and technology would be an awesome contribution. (No text books or adult novels, please.)
  • Electronics (small!): To promote learning for underserved children to encourage independence, self- esteem, and creativity (cell phones, hand-helds, and ink & toner cartridges).
  • Shoes! Gently worn or used shoes of all types, from bedroom slippers to sports cleats to work boots and everything in between.: This drive benefits the Rochester City X-Cats robotics team, who gives shoes another life or more before ending up in landfill, and provides business opportunities to individuals or families in developing nations who use the shoes to carve out a living for themselves.
  • Cash donations: Disaster relief to benefit FRC teams who have experienced loss due to natural disasters over that past year.

Photo of team members in uniforms at a loading dock in front of a U-Haul truck while unloading form Rah Cha Cha Cha Ruckus Event
Photo of team members at Rochester Ruckus holding trophy
Photo of volunteers on the game field at Rah Cha Cha Ruckus
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Photos of boxes of books donated at Rochester Ruckus
Photo of team members at a loading dock moving game pieces onto a truck
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